Facebook launched cloud games on Apple devices on Friday via a web app for the Safari browser, a sign that the social network continues to double down on games even as it clashes with Apple over the new rules.
People can play cloud games instantly on a mobile device or web browser without having to download them.
Facebook’s move comes after the social network raised concerns aboutpolicy, which said that each streaming game must be submitted to the App Store as an individual app for review. However, the policy noted that web browser applications could be used to reach users outside of the App Store. Using a web app is also a tactic other companies, like Microsoft and Amazon, choose to launch cloud games on Apple devices.
“We have come to the same conclusion as others: web applications are the only option for streaming cloud games on iOS at this time,” said Vivek Sharma, vice president of Facebook Gaming, in a statement. “As many have pointed out, Apple’s policy of ‘allowing’ cloud games in the App Store doesn’t allow for much.” Sharma added that Apple’s cloud gaming policy creates “roadblocks” that prevent people from “discovering new games, playing on multiple devices, and instantly accessing high-quality games in native iOS applications.”
In a tweet, Facebook described how to play cloud games on an Apple device.
Some of the games Facebook featured include Assassin’s Creed Rebellion, Risk: Global Domination, and LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed, but they may not be available in certain locations.
Facebook said that although the web app is available worldwide, cloud games can only be played in the US and parts of Canada and Mexico. Users who are not in those areas can play HTML5 games in the web application.